Brand – my god is storm (NO)

All or nothing.

By Armin Petras. Adapted from Henrik Ibsen. Translated by Kristian Lykkeslet Strømskag. (Photo: Øyvind Eide)

By Armin Petras. Adapted from Henrik Ibsen. Translated by Kristian Lykkeslet Strømskag. (Photo: Øyvind Eide)


Nationaltheatret, Malersalen

The performance will have English surtitles.
Duration: 1 hour and 20 minutes (without intermission).

Would you dare sacrifice everything for what you believe in?

Brand has an unshakable belief that people can overcome anything, but do not exploit their vast potential. He wants to reestablish man's greatness on Earth, but to achieve greatness, man must have a belief in his own possibilities. When Brand returns to his birthplace, he realizes that he must begin his struggle where he comes from – within himself. His uncompromising beliefs are crushing, and soon he is forced to acknowldge that his convictions must give way when ideas are confronted by reality.

Brand is one of Henrik Ibsen's longer epic dramas, written 150 years ago this year. Adapted by the German director, theatre manager and writer Armin Petras, the story and number of roles are stripped back. The language is modernized to make the interpersonal relations clearer and the humour more obvious.

Director Runar Hodne sets the play in a Norwegian province where God, country and the dream of America are central ideals – this is a place where idealism and fundamentalism can coexist and flourish.

This theatrical universe – the updated language and the intimacy of Malersalen – bring us even closer to the truth of the story: How far does our own commitment reach? How much are we willing to sacrifice for what we believe?

An absolutely brilliant Henrik Rafaelsen in this role (...) it is simply beautiful (...) The director has done an incredibly good job.
The ensemble is splendid (...) a performance for our time.
— Fædrelandsvennen
The language has been modernized and simplified, verse forms have given way to prose, and this are choices that takes the text closer to the viewer.
— Dagbladet
Henrik Rafaelsen has a special bridle with tragicomedy.
— Klassekampen

Festival performances:
10. SEPTEMBER 18:30
12. SEPTEMBER 20:00
22. SEPTEMBER 13:00
22. SEPTEMBER 20:00
23. SEPTEMBER 16:00
24. SEPTEMBER 12:00

Runar Hodne

Runar Hodne has a degree in direction from Statens teaterhøgskole. He has directed several productions at Nationaltheatret. In 2001 he received the Hedda Award for best direction with Nokon kjem til å komme and the Reumert Award for Anna Karenina at Aalborg Teater.

Concept/Light designer: Andreas Fuchs
Set designer: Hazel Barstow (Akademi for scenekunst/HiØ)
Costume designer: Cathrine Engehagen Bråthen
Make-up: Terje Rødsjø (Stockholms dramatiska högskola) with Greta Bremseth as supervisor
Dramaturg: Kristian Lykkeslet Strømskag


Actors: Henrik Rafaelsen, Kjersti Botn Sandal, Espen Klouman Høiner, Per Frisch, Tone Danielsen, Marianne Stormoen and Per Egil Aske.


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